May Have Missed: January

May Have Missed is a monthly post in which I talk about a handful of standout comics that were published during the previous month.

Starting us off this month is a an absolutely beautiful piece of work being created by Rick Remender and Sean Gordon Murphy, Tokyo Ghost published by Image Comics.

TokyoGhost_01-1Tokyo Ghost #5

Story By: Rick Remender
Art By: Sean Gordon Murphy
Cover By: Sean Gordon Murphy
Cover By: Matt Hollingsworth
Published: January 20, 2016 by Image Comics

This book is a finely crafted instrument of great story telling and stunning art. Beyond that, this is a wonderfully gritty science fiction comic that causes you to crave more. There are no stereotypical heroes and villains in this book. No perfect society with its underbelly of unknown darkness. What Remender and Murphy have created in Tokyo Ghost is everything I love about bleak dystopian-esque stories. The setting is the not so distant future, which for me plays a huge part in the immersion because we aren’t talking ten-thousand years, this is merely seventy years away. Humanity has become so addicted to technology that it has become an actual drug, and “gangsters run it all.” We follow the duo of Constable Led Dent and Debbie Decay as they play their part as enforcers for the different people of power.

The beauty of this comic is that we are only five issues deep into the story. Tracking down the first issue shouldn’t be too difficult, and if you find yourself addicted to this comic like I am, hunting down the remaining issues will most likely be painless. Remender and Murphy are building a terrifically horrible world to follow, and I am truly looking forward to more from the both of them.

Huck_03-1Huck #3

Story By: Mark Millar
Art By: Rafael Albuquerque
Cover By: Rafael Albuquerque
Published: January 13, 2016 by Image Comics

Next on the list is another Image book, Huck, by Mark Millar and Rafel Albuquerque.

Mark Millar is a name the comic world knows. His work on Superman Adventures and Ultiamte X-Men has been nominated for Eisner awards for. His story telling is fresh and compelling. This is a man who knows how to write comics. On the artistic side we have Raphael Albuquerque who’s worked on titles such as Green Lantern, Superman/Batman, and Wolverine. And what Image Comics has provided us is the outlet for these two amazing creators, to come together and create something wonderful and unique like Huck.

Huck is the story of a quiet young man with special abilities. He lives in a small, quaint seaside town in which Huck uses his abilities to do a good deed each and everyday for the people of this town. Yet, when a newcomer arrives on the scene, and alerts the media, a frenzy erupts around Huck’s simple life that changes everything for our uncomplicated town hero.

It really is the simplicity of the character Huck that makes this book so enjoyable. We have a great dynamic between this rural life of Huck’s mixed with his amazing abilities. He could easily be fighting crime on a global scale, yet he uses his gifts to help his town take out their garbage. With only three issues released thus far, it is the perfect time to grab these books and add the enjoyment of this story into your life.

STK692496SuperZero #2

Story By: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
Art By: Rafael de Latorre
Cover By: Amanda Conner
Published: January 20, 2016 by Aftershock Comics

Let me tell you little something folks, Aftershock Comics is a company to watch. Their current catalog of six published titles with a seventh on the way may sound small, but everything they’ve published is gold; and in the month of January they have two titles making our list. Super Zero and American Monster.

This book is filled with amazing art done by Rafael de Latorre. Every page is joy to pass your eyes over. There’s a beautiful mix of realism with cartoon-ish features. Marcelo Maiolo’s color lay ever the artwork beautifully as they are bright and warm but never overpowering. Overall, from a merely visual standpoint this book is gorgeous. Then we get to the writing, and it just gets better. Conner and Palmiotti weave this tale of a young girl obsessed with comics, to the point that she is attempting to create he own origin story.

What really allows this book to connect with the reader is the undertone that every kid who grew up reading comics felt at some point. All of us wanted to be a superhero. We wanted to be fast like the Flash, strong like the Hulk, go invisible like Susan Storm, and be a warrior like Wonder Woman. We loved out superheroes and, as any child with an imagination would, we wanted to be like our heroes. And that’s the story Conner and Palmiotti are telling, but their doing it with a comical twist and lightheartedness that tugs at your childhood. Add in the fact that this book is only two issues deep and it’s a win for everyone. There’s no big commitment here. You can grab the first issue, and if you love it you’re only one issue away from being current.

Overall, there are a lot of people out there creating comics in ways that go beyond the walls of stereotypical, and are telling stories that resonate with their audiences. The month of January has started off 2016 strong and as a comic fan, I’m excited to see where it goes.

American-Monster-1-1-600x923American Monster #1

Story By: Brian Azzarello
Art By: Juan Doe
Published: January 20, 2016 by Aftershock Comics

Finally, closing us out for this month is the other amazing book by Aftershock Comics: American Monster. This book is wildly different than its fellow book Super Zero in both tone and presentation, but lacks nothing in storytelling, art, or quality. Aftershock Comics who, it seems, is focused on releasing explosive comic titles into the universe, cannot be stopped. With such an impressive start I’m extremely excited to see what other comics Aftershock has in-store for us.

As for story of American Monster, we’re given a glimpse into the life of a faceless, mobster-type man who arrives in a Midwest town. This faceless man is large, tough, and attracting a lot of attention. Everyone in this town is at the least cautiously curious of this stranger. Is he here to start trouble? Could he be just passing through? No one knows, and most are willing to stand back and observe. However, by the end of this opening issue the people of this small Midwest town can be sure things are about get interesting.

One thing is for sure, with titles like these Aftershock Comics is set to make a name for themselves quickly, and I for am looking forward to it


Until next month, keep your eyes wide and your head on a swivel, because you never know what you…May Have Missed

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